Alice Babst-Prestia MD APMC


Below are a few questions you may have about your visit. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns and we will be happy to help!

How often should I see my OB/GYN?

You should see us once a year for your well-woman exam.

How do I contact a physician when the office is closed?

You may call the main number (337) 475-8949 and the answering service will take your call and direct it to the physician that is on-call.

Where do I go if I need emergency care outside of normal business hours?

If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

When should I have my first pelvic or internal exam?

It is recommended that you have your first pelvic exam and pap smear at age 21 if you are otherwise healthy . If you require birth control , are in need of STD testing or have any menstrual issues, you should make an appointment to be seen earlier.

What does a gynecologic exam consist of and what is a Pap Test?

The yearly exam consists of a general exam, breast and pelvic exams. A speculum is normally used to look at the cervix and vagina. Your doctor may not always need to do a pap test but will still need to do a pelvic exam every year to check the uterus and ovaries.

A pap test is a screen for cervical cancer. The latest guidelines recommend a pap test  every 3-5  years for those who have not had any abnormal pap smears previously. Your doctor will discuss your individual case and how the new guidelines will affect you.

How often should I get a mammogram?

Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40, and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. Some women will start their mammograms earlier based on medical and family history.

What types of changes will I see in menopause?

Each woman’s menopause experience is different. Many women who begin menopause have no physical changes at all except for irregular menstrual periods that eventually stop when menopause is reached. In addition to irregular menstrual periods, some women experience symptoms of hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, memory changes, and/or vaginal dryness. Every woman is different, and there are many measures available to lessen these symptoms. Our physicians and nurse practitioners are all very experienced in helping women navigate their way through the menopause years.

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